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Rock Climbing Helmet

Helmets are built to protect the climber from falling rock, ice, or from impact during a fall. Rock climbing helmets should comply with standards and be approved and documented by a certification of compliance. See more at these links.


Certification Standards for Climbing Helmets

Look for certification of compliance with one of these standards:

Materials Used in Making Climbing Helmets

The outer shell of rock climbing helmets are commonly made from these types of materials: Polycarbonate shell, hard plastic, polyethylene, polycarbonate or fiberglass. The inner shell is made for fitting comfort and distributing impact force. The inner shell is usually a foam liner or harness system.

Features of Climbing Helmets

Adjustability: Helmets for climbing should fit tight but not uncomfortably tight. There should be no gap between the head and inner suspension. The padding should press firmly and uniformly in pressure all the way around the head. The chin strap should be adjustable and circumference harness system.

Ventilation: The holes for ventilation on climbing helmets are small to limit rocks and dirt from getting inside. Many helmets provide option for plugging top side vents during cold weather. Some vent on the side using small holes or side ports.

Weight: The weight of a climbing helmet varies from about 10 oz / 280 grams, to 17 oz / 480 grams. Choose your helmet based on the importance of weight, considering the tradeoffs.

Recommended use: Many indoor climbers don't wear helmets--most gyms / climbing walls do not require their use. However, when climbing outdoors on rock or ice, rappelling, or cave climbing, it's pretty important to wear one. Protective head gear used in other sports, or construction hard hats should not be substituted. Climbing helmets are designed to excel in different climbing environments: Rock, big wall, face, mountaineering, ice, and cave climbing are different environments. Choose a helmet with the features required the particular sport. Each manufacturer provides a recommend use.

Warranty: This varies by manufacturer and varies widely. Check the warranty for each climbing helmet individually.

Care of your rock climbing helmet. Do not sit or step on it. When you finish climbing, wipe it down with a moist cloth inside and out. Store it in a cool, dark, and dry location with other climbing gear. Dry it by hanging it on a clothesline. Check it out before climbing, look for signs of wear or damage.

Half Dome Climbing Helmet

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The Half Dome Climbing Helmet has been redesigned from the ground up. With an improved fit and weight savings of more than 40 grams over the original, the Half Dome is an all-purpose workhorse ideal for everything from trad cragging to alpine expeditions. Also featuring a new custom-designed wheel adjuster...

Petzl Picchu Climbing Helmet - Youth

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The Picchu helmet is designed for children who want to rock climb or cycle. It is very light and comfortable and constructed for durability. For night use, the Pichhu has a mount on the back of the helmet specially designed for attaching the Signal red signalization light (included). Three pages of stickers,...

Black Diamond climbing helmet Half Dome orange

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Climbing helmet: Type: Adults Equipment: Size adjustment: with turn switch with headlight mounting: yes Security: Test certificate: UIAA Additional Information: Weight S/M = 310 g Weight M/L = 340 g the toughest helmet is made by Black Diamond Adjustment system allows an excellent fine tune of the fit...

Mammut Skywalker 2 Climbing Helmet

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Mammut paid equal attention to comfort and safety when designing the Skywalker 2 Climbing Helmet. A single-handed adjustment lets you loosen or tighten the fit around your noggin to handle your beanie in the winter.

Petzl Elios Club Climbing Helmet

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Very versatile and durable, the ELIOS helmet is suitable for climbing, mountaineering, caving, via ferrata, canyoning... It offers effective impact protection with its ABS shell and polystyrene foam liner. Fully adjustable and adapts to all head shapes: The sliding ventilation shutters allow the user...

Petzl Elia Women's Climbing Helmet (2014)

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The ELIA helmet was designed and developed to respond specifically to the needs of women. The innovative OMEGA headband system (Petzl patent) allows the helmet to be put on and removed easily and offers maximum comfort. In addition to this exclusive feature, the helmet has a new headband and webbing...

Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet

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Named for the looming vertical master, the Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet boasts a tech-savvy design that its namesake would deem worthy. Protect your head and focus on your vertical progress.

Mammut Rock Rider Climbing Helmet

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It's hard to have a good head at a chossy crag without a hard helmet protecting your brain box from falling rocks, but it's also annoying to climb with a bulky helmet weighing your head down. Mammut offers a solution with its lightweight Rock Rider Climbing Helmet. The EPS core with Micro Shell...

Adult Military Tactical Series Airsoft Paintball Climbing Shooting Protective Combat Base Jump Type Fast Helmet Navy Seal Color

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There are 3 types: MH (no holes), BJ (diamond holes) & PJ (oval holes), each type has 8 colors available (Foliage Green, Black, Dark Earth, A-Tacs, Multicam, Desert Digital, US Navy Plate, AT-FG) Fast helmet is the same design as the Ballistic and Carbon FAST helmets but with a polycarbonate shell and...

CAMP USA Speed Ski and Climbing Helmet

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If it weren't for the photographic evidence of your adventure, you might forget that the uber-lightweight CAMP USA Speed Ski and Climbing Helmet was ever on your head. Weighing in at just 230 grams, the Speed is the lightest UI-certified helmet on the market.

Vector Helmet

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A revolutionary helmet that's ideal for long routes, alpine climbs and other weight-sensitive missions, the Black Diamond Vector Helmet combines lightweight protection, excellent ventilation and "barely there" comfort like never before. The geometric, co-molded EPS foam and polycarbonate...

Black Diamond Vector climbing helmet brown

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Climbing helmet: Type: Adults Equipment: with headlight mounting: yes Security: Test certificate: UIAA Additional Information: Shell made from polycarbonate with moulded EPS foam large vents for maximum airflow ratcheting adjustment system for easy and accurate alignment moulded headlamp clips provide...

Pulse Climbing/Snow Helmet

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The Pulse Helmet from C.A.M.P. is the ultimate ski mountaineering helmet and one of the few helmets certified for both climbing and skiing. Featuring 13 vents when opened up, the Pulse offers exceptional ventilation when playing hard. The three front vents open and close from the outside by sliding a...

Sirocco Climbing Helmet

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With a maximum weight of 165 g, the PETZL's SIROCCO climbing helmet becomes the new standard in terms of lightness. The monobloc construction minimizes helmet weight while retaining excellent impact resistance, due to the mechanical properties of expanded polypropylene (EPP). The textile adjustment...

Black Diamond Vapor climbing helmet white

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Climbing helmet: Type: Adults Equipment: with headlight mounting: yes Additional Information: Shell made from polycarbonate with moulded EPS foam

Petzl Pro Vertex Vent CSA Professional Helmet

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With its strong chin strap, the VERTEX VENT helmet sets the standard in head protection for workers at height. Ventilation holes with adjustable sliding shutters allow air to circulate in the helmet when needed. Its sixpoint mesh headband ensures comfort, and its CenterFit adjustment system adjusts the...

Petzl Meteor Climbing Helmet

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Updated for 2014! Lightness and comfort have made the Meteor helmet a signature product for climbing and mountaineering. This model has the advantage of large openings for excellent ventilation. Its innovative adjustment system allows each climber to adjust hisor her helmet to head shape. The Meteor...

Petzl Pro Vertex Best CSA Professional Helmet

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With its strong chin strap, the VERTEX BEST helmet sets the standard in head protection for workers at height. Its unventilated shell ensures protection against electrical risks and molten metal splash. Its six-point mesh headband ensures comfort, and its CenterFit adjustment system adjusts the headband...
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